I have been stalking the Bonneville market in the sePA area for ths past 10 months. Picked up a barely broken in, as-new looking '96 SSE for my wife'* daily driver. Luckily, got it for a song, peanuts.
Then started looking for a '95-'99 SSEI with < 100k mi for myself. The duration for a listing of one is about 4 hours in my area.
I'm not exaggerating. A white '98 with 73k was listed by a dealer last month on a Mon AM. I called at lunchtime to confirm they had it (most of the time they list it, and ship it to auction anyway). They did have it. I drove over an hour later and somebody had put a deposit on it.
Then this today. Listed this morning.
Discovered it after lunch and called. Somebody was already there and driving it. #@$%&!!!! . The owner insisted it was as described. He had no idea what he had. Hated it because it was an old person'* car and needed some cash.
I really wanted to throw-up.
Am I looking for something rarer than hen'* teeth? These pop up within a 150 mi of me about once every couple of months and they are gone in minutes. Is this the usual, or am I in an SSEI demand zone?
1995 SE ..Green and Rattle Can...234K mi...Bonnie (she'll outlive me)
1998 SSEI .. White ..119K mi...Evey
1996 SSE ..MajTeal..157K mi...4/12- Dealer trade full of Lucas Trans fix